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Tillotson Fund awards 20 grants, totaling nearly $650,000

April 30, 2014
CONCORD — The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund recently announced the 20 grants totaling $648,655 it awarded through its twice-a-year competitive application process. Grants were awarded to municipal, educational, and nonprofit organizations throughout northern New Hampshire and bordering communities in Vermont and southern Quebec.

Grant awards were made to the following organizations:

The Lancaster United Methodist Church received $17,500 to purchase and install a walk-in cooler to improve access to healthy, perishable food for the Community Cupboard Food Pantry that gives away food and also serves some hot meals to those in need from a number of towns on both sides of the Connecticut River. Myra Emerson of Lancaster coordinates the program under the direction of the Cupboard's executive committee;

The Androscoggin River Committee (Androscoggin River Watershed Council) of Milan received $12,000 to support public education and outdoor recreation-based marketing and events for N. H.'s Androscoggin River watershed;

The town-owned Canaan Community Forest received $70,000 to renovate the Tillotson Camp and support the Natural Resources and Diversified Agricultural Program in Canaan over two years;

The Town of Canaan received $20,000 to replace playground equipment in the Canaan Community Recreation Park;

The Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) of Waterbury Center, Vt. received $20,000 to sponsor a yearlong series of literacy programs and donate books dfor one elementary school in either the North Country or the Northeast Kingdom;

The Cos County Family Health Services of Berlin received $162,261 to improve health outcomes and wellness for 90 Berlin-Gorham families over two years through a coordinated approach to increased physical activity and improved nutrition;

Early Learning New Hampshire of Concord received $60,000 to connect and sustain Cos County and statewide early childhood improvement efforts over three years;

Gorham High School in SAU #20 received $2,475 to support students studying mercury levels in dragonfly larvae as part of a Superfund Research Program in partnership with Dartmouth College researchers;

Milan Village School in Milan received $15,000 to provide bridge funding to support the development of a self-sustaining, affordable preschool program for the Town of Milan;

The Mount Washington Observatory of Conway received $10,000 to replace the roof of the museum, install solar panels, and create a renewable energy interactive exhibit;

The Great North Woods Committee for the Arts of Colebrook received $12,000 to support performing arts programming in Cos County;

The Holiday Center, Inc. of Berlin received $12,000 to provide transportation services for vulnerable Berlin residents to access community services;

New Hampshire Preservation Alliance of Concord received $45,000 to enhance preservation services and related technical assistance in Cos County over three years;

New Hampshire Timberland Owner's Association (NHTOA) of Concord received $22,900 to support research for an updated economic impact study of the timber harvesting industry in N. H.

Town of Northumberland received $10,000 to restore the exterior of the 1799 Meeting House on Route 3.

RESPONSE (Cos County Family Health Services) of Berlin, received $45,000 to increase access to victim assistance services by expanding a specially-trained volunteer base over three years;

Wholesome Wave of Bridgeport, Conn., received $43,206 to support Cos County in building and connecting to a sustainable;

Les Amis du Patrimoine de Saint-Venant-de-Paquette of Saint-Venant-de-Paquette, Quebec received $50,000 to renovate and expand the cultural and heritage Visitor Center and Café-Délices du terroire; and

Ecole Sacre-Coeur de Coaticook (The Resource Foundation) in Coaticook, Quebec, received $4,706 to adapt a classroom for special needs students.

statewide system improving access to local affordable produce;

The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund is one of the largest permanent rural philanthropies in the country, distributing $3 million in grants annually. The fund was established at NHCF in 2006 with a bold vision: to serve as a catalyst for the region to move toward sustainable community and economic development in Coos County and surrounding communities in the US and Canada. The Tillotson Fund identified three priority areas for grant making: education, economic development, and basic needs and community safety net.

"Visit any community in the North Country, and you will find an organization or project that has benefited from the generosity of Neil and Louise Tillotson," said Richard Ober, president and CEO of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (NHCF). "The impact of this Fund on a community, and an entire region, is remarkable — just like the legacy of Mr. and Mrs. Tillotson."

"These grant awards support the efforts of local and regional leaders as they strive to revitalize the North Country," said Kirsten Scobie of Lancaster, director of Tillotson Funds at the NHCF.

The Tillotson Fund accepts proposals from eligible organizations providing services in Colebrook, Pittsburg, Clarksville, Stewartstown, Dixville, and other towns in Cos County as well as bordering communities in Quebec and Vermont. The Fund is also interested in applicants that serve these communities as part of a larger regional effort.

The next application deadline is Monday, July 7.

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit its website — www.nhcf.org/tillotson — for eligibility requirements, application guidelines and forms, and answers to frequently asked questions. For more information contact Jean Clarke at 800-464-6641 ext.1238 or jc@nhcf.org.

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